AirMarket-led team is selected to execute one of Canada’s official RTM Service Trials

AirMarket Inc, with its strategic partners TELUS & ASTRA UTM, is pleased to announce today that the group has been selected by Canada’s RTM*
Action Team (co-led by Transport Canada and NAV CANADA) to execute Canada’s official RTM Service Trial. The trial aims to generate data and experience that will be used by Transport Canada in the development of regulations for BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) drone operations and
the delivery of commercial cellular-enabled UTM services.

“Canada is poised to move beyond the operations of small drones within Visual Line-of-Sight” said Lindsay Mohr, CEO of AirMarket. “There are untapped industrial opportunities for drone use – the availability of UTM systems is key to unlocking this potential”.

Members of AirMarket’s team are its strategic partners TELUS, ASTRA UTM, ClearSky Connect, INVOLI, and the Southern Alberta Institute of technology. The team will be conducting Cellular-enabled UTM and Sensing Data Services trials in conjunction with the Petroleum Technology Alliance
of Canada (PTAC) and one of North America’s leading energy infrastructure companies, starting in a 425 km corridor in Northern Alberta, and have conducted early tests of its system architecture under VLOS (Visual Line of Sight) regulations. This project has received support from the Alberta Innovates Digital Innovation for Clean Energy (DICE) program.

“The core capabilities underpinning UTM are speed, low latency data transmission, and a high level of cyber-security,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, Chief Technology Officer at TELUS. “These capabilities are enabled through
ultra-reliable wireless connectivity leveraging 4G LTE and our evolving 5G technology. We look forward to working with our partners on this groundbreaking project and continuing to play a vital role in advancing Canada’s leadership in the unmanned aviation space.”

This is a world class initiative — working to fast-track the safe use of drones at scale in the Energy sector. This will dramatically reduce costs for monitoring and greatly reduce environmental footprint. It is about technological innovation, clean energy and international leadership. The solution will also be widely applicable in other sectors and jurisdictions.

“This project is a shining example of what PTAC has done for over 24 years: facilitate and help the oil and gas industry significantly reduce its operations costs, development activities costs, GHG emissions, and environmental footprint – all while improving safety through collaborative innovative solutions.” Said Dr. Soheil Asgarpour, PTAC President.

The AirMarket EUT team
AirMarket is a UTM company focused on enterprise solutions. It has a full technology stack, unique skills, and experience in operationalizing UTM services and Beyond Visual Line of Sight flights using cellular infrastructure. TELUS is a dynamic, world-leading communications and information technology company with $15 billion in annual revenue and 15.4 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video and security. We leverage our global-leading technology to enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. TELUS Health is Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers the most innovative business process solutions to some of the world’s most established brands.

ASTRA UTM is a world leading UTM solutions provider with multiple national deployments. The ASTRA platform provides the next generation of modular cloud-based, scalable UTM-as-a-Solution enabling ANSP’s and Enterprise to service the drone services industry.

PTAC is a Canadian hydrocarbon industry association that serves as a non-profit facilitator of collaborative R&D and technology development, and operates in partnership with all industry stakeholders. By effectively leveraging financial resources and technical expertise through its proven model, PTAC has been able to support collaborative networks which advance innovative R&D and technology development projects.

ClearSky Connect is a Canadian service provider of communications analytics, visualization and intelligence services. INVOLI is the leading provider of low altitude air traffic data for safe drones flights. The Swiss-based company develops software and hardware solutions for detecting & tracking cooperative air traffic. DroneLogbook is a Swiss technology provider that delivers a Drone Compliance platform for managing drone fleet compliance at scale. Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is a premier Canadian Polytechnic Institution and home to the Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems, an NSERC funded applied research center.

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